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NFL Week 15 PFF ReFocused: New Orleans Saints 34, Indianapolis Colts 7

The New Orleans Saints cruised to a comfortable victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, on a night that also saw quarterback Drew Brees break both the all-time touchdown pass record and the single-game record for completion percentage.

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Final Score

New Orleans Saints 34, Indianapolis Colts 7

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees had a record-breaking night and put on a passing display for the ages. He set the NFL record for most career touchdown passes and was deadly accurate all night long, as he completed 29 of his 30 pass attempts. The only incompletion Brees threw on the night was a miscommunication with Latavius Murray on a flare route out of the backfield.

Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith both caught seam-route touchdowns in the first half. Michael Thomas was once again unstoppable and did most of his damage on crossing routes. Josh Hill leaked out into the left flat on a play-action pass and caught the record-breaking touchdown from Brees in the third quarter.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis played an excellent game in coverage tonight. He forced several incompletions and played sticky coverage for most of the contest.

While the Saints' defensive line didn't get much pressure on Brissett as a unit, Cameron Jordan did manage a few pressures on his own that helped keep the ball in Drew Brees' hands.

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett was disappointing from the get-go. He missed some open throws and failed to move the chains throughout. Even without much of a Saints pass-rush, the Colts were just unable to get things moving in the passing game.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton — who was returning from an injury — was noticeably not himself and appeared to be on a snap count. He didn't seem to have his signature burst or acceleration tonight.

The Colts’ defense did very little to slow down Drew Brees and the New Orleans passing attack. The Saints didn’t actually punt in the game until 12:28 in the fourth quarter.

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